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CandyMandy:Has this really ever helped any of you or anyone you know? I am going to try it tonight but want to hear your anecdotes.
Worked for my brother and his ex
LOL, I told DH that once I hit 37 weeks we will be having sex every day! Sucks because I can no longer use it as a punishment for him being silly... BUT from what everyone (including the doctor) says it will help get LO moving along!
**PS... There's something in the sperm that helps to move labor along. It starts with a "p"... but I don't remember what it was called.
Worked for me the first time around. We started at 37 weeks having sex. We even had sex the morning I went into labor just shy of 38 weeks.
When you're having sex, your brain releases oxytocin, which is the naturally occurring version of Pitocin. It causes the uterus to contract. Essentially, studies have shown that when women go into labor, they begin producing increased oxytocin.
Obviously, sex itself doesn't produce enough oxytocin to start labor on its own, but if your brain is just about ready to start producing that extra oxytocin anyway, sometimes having an orgasm will cause it to begin producing that additional oxytocin a few hours to a day early. Typically, sex is only effective in actually starting labor if your cervix is already ripe--i.e. your body would have begun labor soon anyway.
This is the same reason why nipple stimulation can help to to initiate or progress labor--it also releases oxytocin.